Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, July 1

 

 

 

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, July 1

 

Aries 

Aries Horoscope
Aries

With the Full Moon occurring in the most public sector of your solar chart today, dear Aries, circumstances may be such that you are in the position to show your more mature and responsible side, you are called upon to perform a duty, or you have the opportunity to strut your stuff! It’s time to show off what you can do. There can be recognition or an award, or a job opportunity, for some of you. The Sun is encouraging you to tend to your hearth these days, and today you might be finding ways to manage both home and career quite creatively. Even so, there is likely to be a bit of a scurry of activity to deal with before you reach the right balance. Ideas can come together quite nicely, particularly regarding home and family matters. Do what you can to connect with the part of you that has faith that things will work out. Support might come from family, and there can be strongly sentimental feelings experienced today.

Taurus

Taurus

Your need for more from your life than simple routine comes to the fore now with a Full Moon shining a light on your needs for learning, experience, and adventure, dear Taurus. The desire to expand your mind is powerful now. If you need a push or some extra courage to do something new, this Full Moon will help. For some, this can be a time of a culmination of a learning project, publishing of work, or some form of expanded reach. Your intuitive, compassionate side is emphasized and drawn up to the surface today, and with a new and perhaps more forgiving and kinder look at situations and people in your life, you could arrive at a nice feeling of peace and freedom. This is a time of year for you when group ideas and values contribute to your own personal development. You might long to feel valued by a group or friend, and this can be within your reach now.

Gemini

Gemini

The Full Moon today can lead to a revelation about an intimate relationship or financial matter, dear Gemini. There can be a significant financial move for some of you. The need to, or for, support can be emphasized at this time of your life. This is a good time to let go of some of the need to control things, and discover more personal power in the process. There can be some wonderful inspiration and imagination today, particularly surrounding business and finances. You might find that ideas and insights come together quite beautifully right now. There can be a good feeling of confidence now, and there can be wonderfully creative and compassionate energy in your professional or public dealings. This is a time for building your inner strength. The intangible or spiritual realms are a real part of your daily life right now, and this helps to make you feel more secure and filled.

Cancer

Cancer

This can be a day of important revelations or epiphanies, dear Cancer, with a Full Moon in your opposite sign illuminating areas of your life that need more balance. This can be a very creative time, and possibly a period of emotional declarations or realizations about your feelings and relationships. You may very well receive some form of positive boost or lifting of spirits today. Your imagination is strong, and you are able to see well beyond the ordinary. You may be drawing up some admiration from others. You are in touch with your more spiritual qualities today, and you have a stronger ability to empathize with others. Problems that were perplexing in recent days tend to seem less daunting, perhaps because your faith that things will work out for the best is strengthening.

Leo

Leo

The Full Moon illuminates your service sector today, dear Leo, bringing to light your responsibilities and possibly recent frustrations about work or health matters. This can provide you with extra motivation to make important changes in your daily routines that help you feel far better about yourself and your life. Your services may be in high demand now, and while there can be a rush of responsibilities for the time being, all will fall into place once you sort out your priorities. Avoid looking for outside appreciation for your efforts and instead do exactly what makes you feel good from the inside out. Your beliefs tend to find support today, but more importantly, you have increased faith in yourself. Behind-the-scenes matters tend to go very well for you right now, and you may begin to see a grand design behind recent events in your life. Your intuition is running high right now. Tap into it! Pay attention to coincidences and make note of subtle signs and patterns. Letting go of overthinking is important now.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

The energy of the Full Moon is rich today, dear Virgo, and can shed light on a friendship, romance, or relationships with children. A creative project might culminate, bear fruit, or come strongly to your attention for some of you. Releasing pent-up feelings is important today, and you might experience strong feelings that you’ve overlooked or brushed off in the past. Inspiration may be found in your relationships. You may be putting more faith in a person, or more faith in the dream of a person, and you should discern between the two, as the former is a lot healthier than the latter. You are quite able to put aside some of your worries today, and a significant other may be instrumental in helping to set your mind at ease. Let compassion flow, do what you can on your side to help others build their faith in you, and follow your impulses to support and help people you care about.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

Tonight’s Full Moon brings special attention to matters of home, family, and the heart, dear Libra. If you have been pouring too much energy into your responsibilities to “the outside world”, which is highly likely these days, then circumstances now remind you to find a balance. If you’ve been over-extending yourself, you need to find ways to get more rest. You may need to do some catch-up work with family or tend to a personal matter now. Even so, a career move or idea can come together in your mind today, and it’s a strong time for dreaming up new and very creative ways to further your career. Putting a unique and imaginative spin on practical matters comes naturally right now. Your imagination is vivid today. You’re more tuned in to altruistic purposes of your life.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

A Full Moon occurs tonight with the Moon falling in your solar third house of communications, dear Scorpio. This can bring light to a communications project or matter, or it might stimulate some drama in your neighborhood or school, or bring in some interesting news that has you turning an important corner in your life. This may be a time for reaping the rewards of recent projects or learning efforts. If you often find that people misunderstand your intentions when you communicate, this can be a good time to see what might be changed in order to get your message across more effectively. You are more creative and your perceptions are especially refined today. Concentrating on the bigger picture can bring much joy today as you let go of a tendency to overthink. Forgiveness and compassion can be very healing, whether you’re giving or receiving. This is a time when dreams that shape future realities are born.

Sagittarius 

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

Tonight’s Full Moon brings issues of personal resources, talents, money, and business to your strong attention, dear Sagittarius. If you’ve been spending a lot of time giving to, and supporting, other people in your life, you are likely to feel a strong need to bring more balance into your world right now. For some of you, money can come in, or news of increased resources is forthcoming this week. Think in terms of improving your finances, whether it’s about cutting back or pushing yourself to earn more, or ask for more. Even though you can be feeling quite spirited and motivated concerning practical affairs, now, there is also dreamy, imaginative energy to the day. You can feel quite inspired today, and family or domestic matters may be integral to this feeling. Showing compassion and understanding does wonders across the board.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

This is an important day for discovering your personal power, dear Capricorn, especially if you choose to respond to the subtle shifts around you in constructive ways. The Full Moon occurring tonight is in your sign, and feelings that you may have brushed aside can now emerge with force. Let the emotions flow, as there can be surprising epiphanies or a personal matter that suddenly demands air time. Whether you keep all of these to yourself or share with others is up to you, but it’s probably best to separate your personal and professional lives as best as possible. You have more impact than usual now! Relationship needs are emphasized. Nonverbal communication can speak louder than words, and it’s usually what we don’t say but nevertheless express that others take away from what we express. Today is strong for others picking up on the subtleties you are trying to convey, and for inspiring a certain level of trust. You are expressing yourself with creative flair.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Full Moon tonight occurs in your privacy and soul sector, dear Aquarius, and new light shines on recent background or hidden themes in your life. Your need for emotional renewal is large right now, and circumstances occurring now will likely point you in this direction if you aren’t drawn to quiet, reflective, and regenerative activities naturally. You might suddenly see things that allow you to fill in the blanks for recent feelings or events. A secret or private matter may be revealed, a health matter could come to light, or a work project can reach culmination. If you’ve been working too hard or putting so much effort into helping others that you’ve ignored your own needs, now is the time for restoring some balance to your life. Even so, you are certainly not cutting others out, and some elements of work and service can lift your spirits today. Listen to your intuition regarding practical matters, which can come together almost magically now. A strong element of compassion and faith can do wonders for a partnership.

Pisces

Pisces

The Full Moon tonight occurs in your solar eleventh house, and you may experience the need to give back or help others, dear Pisces. Feelings for a person might suddenly flood your consciousness for some of you. Events are such that you are more strongly aware of the important role you play in others’ lives, for example as a friend, parent, offspring, sibling, etc. This is a time for giving back to the people of your world, and doing so can have great benefits. You could find now that things are naturally falling back into place. It’s a time for birthing ideas, especially creative ones. You might intuitively determine how to get an important plan off the ground, or this can be a time when things settle after a period of uncertainty. Somebody may be looking up to you for your wisdom. People seem more compassionate, interested, and sympathetic to your cause. You are in your element today. You express yourself comfortably and creatively. There can be a feeling of flowing with, rather than against, the people around you and what is going on around you.

Full Moon in Capricorn Horoscopes

 

 

Full Moon in Capricorn Horoscopes

Business and pleasure mix during the first of July’s Full Moons

The ambitious Capricorn Full Moon on July 1, 2015, reveals the battle between our inner feelings and the outer circumstances in our lives. Blind optimism masks the conflict between our need for personal security and our drive toward public success. However, pleasure-seeking Venus hooks up with excessive Jupiter, culminating several days of possible self-indulgence. This conjunction is particularly auspicious at the Full Moon and is a harbinger of good fortune, signifying potential gains, especially in the areas of money, creativity, and love.

Aries Horoscope (March 21 – April 19)

Although your heart is drawn toward your family life, the Capricorn Full Moon highlights your 10th House of Career. You might feel as if everyone is depending on you at work and you don’t want to let anyone down. Meanwhile, those you love at home also require your undivided attention. Luckily, your new found spiritual approach to problems enables you to advance professionally while still attending to your emotional needs. It’s impossible to go wrong if you keep a firm grip on your integrity.
Taurus Horoscope (April 20 – May 20)

The hardworking Capricorn Full Moon brightens your 9th House of Big Ideas, complicating your goals for the future. Although you have thought long and hard about your goals, insecurities may kick in, causing you to doubt yourself all over again. Keep an open mind about your plans, even if you attempt to stick to your current agenda. Fortunately, you can dream your way right around any roadblocks, real or imagined. Extending your imagination into the vast realm of possibilities is a powerful way to expand your horizons.
Gemini Horoscope(May 21 – June 20)

Your thinking is out of whack while the ambitious Capricorn Full Moon illuminates your 8th House of Intimacy, yet your feelings are revealing something significant about a current relationship. It might seem prudent to exercise self-control, but narrowing your focus won’t prevent your emotions from influencing your decisions. You could waste endless energy trying to find the logic in an illogical situation. Follow your heart now; you may need to throw caution to the wind before you can sprout wings and fly.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – July 22)

The earthy Capricorn Full Moon in your 7th House of Partners pulls directly opposite the watery Cancer Sun, stirring tidal forces from the depths of your subconscious. Your unacknowledged needs come precariously close to the shores of awareness, impacting your most important relationships. Luckily, you can create a safe harbor in your imagination that allows you to share your dreams and fears without worry. Rather than isolating yourself, consciously move closer to those who will support you through times of change.
Leo Horoscope (July 23 – Aug. 22)

The Capricorn Full Moon shines in your 6th House of Habits, encouraging you to stick to your daily routine in spite of your desire to while away the time daydreaming. Pressing responsibilities may stymie your attempts to dive into the luxurious and nurturing backwaters of your own fantasies. Ironically, you will feel more emotionally satisfied if you have something tangible to show for your efforts. Just don’t get so swept up in a whirlwind of productivity that you forget to honor your unexpressed dreams, too.
Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

The goal-oriented Capricorn Full Moon spotlights your 5th House of Self-Expression, urging you to exercise good judgment if you want to reach your desired destination. Fortunately, suppressing your feelings isn’t anything new to you since you understand the impracticality of emotions. But self-restraint isn’t always your most effective strategy. Push past your tendency to separate yourself from others by inquiring about their hopes and dreams. You may be pleasantly surprised by how easily a conversation unfolds once the words start flowing. Sharing your heart is the fastest way to true intimacy.
Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Although you want to take advantage of the opportunities right in front of you, the serious Capricorn Full Moon impacts your 4th House of Roots, anchoring your feelings to the past. Unfortunately, you could anticipate the future with such enthusiasm that you miss the most important piece of the puzzle. You can imagine the amazing potential but still have a tough time making room for new plans. The key to resolving your current conflict is not about doing anything in the real world; it’s about changing your frame of reference. Sometimes living in the present moment is enough.
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Taking an extreme all-or-nothing approach to fulfilling your needs can turn love into a complicated jumble of feelings at this Full Moon. It’s not easy to stay comfortable in the middle of the emotional spectrum, especially when your fantasies are so vivid. Nevertheless, the calculating Capricorn Full Moon casts its light in your 3rd House of Communication, prompting you to consider the consequences of your message before telling anyone what’s on your mind. Establishing a healthy balance between expression and restraint may be enough to put you on the path to relationship success.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

You might be concerned if you don’t see an easy way to balance your income with your expenditures. Separating your financial worries from deeper issues about self-worth isn’t only a matter of numbers, especially while the responsible Capricorn Moon accentuates your 2nd House of Personal Resources. Instead of misdirecting your attention to what’s lacking in your life, concentrate on all the positive growth. Counting your blessings is a simple yet magical way to raise your self-esteem and, surprisingly, also your bottom line.
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Your strength is being tested as you ride the powerful emotional waves of the Capricorn Full Moon. Your life is even more complicated with surreal Neptune’s presence making it nearly impossible to separate reality from fantasy. Balancing your feelings with the demands of the outer world is both challenging and invigorating. However, committing to a path of resistance will eventually exhaust you. Instead, dig deep and find the courage to push away from the safety of familiar territory. There’s so much to gain if you let go of your need for certainty and embrace the unknown.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Sneaking away for some personal time could become your obsession while the Capricorn Full Moon lights up your 12th House of Escape. Unfortunately, current obligations may still require you to adhere to your regular routine. But don’t work yourself into a state of anxiety trying to complete everything. Just do whatever is feasible while allowing time for short breaks on a regular basis. Ultimately, the most strategic practice is to continue seeking the right balance between responsibility and recreation.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 – March 20)

Your commitments seem all-consuming but you also recognize your need to rest. The steady Capricorn Moon recharges your 11th House of Social Networking, offering you the opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of friends and relatives. But you must stay vigilant and keep things in proper perspective while nebulous Neptune is also floating around in the picture. Swimming in your imagination can be tricky business when you don’t know which side of the truth you are on.

 

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The Balance of the Elements and the Signs for July 1

 

 

 

The Balance of the Elements and the Signs for July 1

 

CANCER STRONG
Nurturing, protective, tenacious, emotional sensitive, watery, strong roots. Can be overly protective, unwilling to let go, timid, reclusive.
LEO STRONG
Self-confident, generous, warm-hearted, powerful leader, dramatic. Can be overly proud, vain, extravagant, arrogant.
CAPRICORN STRONG
Disciplined, responsible, reliable, industrious, conscientious, practical, achieving. Can be pessimistic, overly conventional, rigid, materialistic, callous.

AIR WEAK
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
WATER STRONG
We are more compassionate, emotional, and intuitive than usual, and we may react emotionally to situations, possibly at the expense of logic or practicality.

CARDINAL STRONG
We are ready to take action and to take on challenges, and can become frustrated with stagnant conditions.

LUNAR PHASE: GIBBOUS
Moon 135 to 180 degrees ahead of the Sun.
We are looking to attach value and meaning to our goals. This is a time for analyzing, questioning, perfecting, and improving.

Astrology of Today – July 1, 2015

 

 

 

Astrology of Today – July 1, 2015


Summary:

This Full Moon in Capricorn is rich with the Sun trine Neptune and Venus aligned with Jupiter today. We can be made aware of our responsibilities or our performance now.

The Moon is in Sagittarius until 5:10 AM.
The Moon is void until 5:10 AM (since 2:17 PM yesterday).
The Moon is in Capricorn from 5:10 AM forward (until Friday, July 3rd, at 8:20 AM).
The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Gibbous phase until 10:19 PM / the Moon is waning and in its Full Moon phase after 10:19 PM.
A Full Moon occurs in the sign of Capricorn at 10:19 PM.
Venus is direct and is in its pre-retrograde shadow.

 

July’s Love is Once in a Blue Moon

July’s Love is Once in a Blue Moon

a message from Kari Samuels
To read more of Kari’s insight, please visit her website, Kari Samuels

You might still be buzzing from the light of June’s Solstice. The Solstice is initiated as our Sun moves into 0 degrees Cancer – a time of pure potential and spiritual protection. The Solstice is a magical transitional time, when the veils between the heaven and earth are lifted, giving you a glimpse into the light of your soul, and the soul of nature.

No matter where you live in the world, this is a time to celebrate your LIGHT – above and below, within and around you. Your inner light will be shining more brightly now, connecting you more deeply to your FEELINGS, and illuminating your INTUITION. You’re going to be connecting deeper to your inner light all month, as it illuminates your path.

While the sun shines brightly, the moon’s energy is in full force

You’ll feel the moon’s influence more strongly this month. We’re in the Sun Sign of Cancer until July 22nd. The psychic, sensitive sign of Cancer is ruled by the moon, pulling you deeper into the depths of your emotions.
July begins with a celestial kiss

We start July with a big bodacious full moon, and a conjunction between Venus (our planet of love) and Jupiter (our planet of expansion). This means your power of love will be expanded! You’ll be more inclined for romance, joy and beauty. You’ll be basking in this loving energy all month.

Blessings of the blue moon

July is blessed with not only one, but TWO FULL MOONS. This event is not common, which is why this occurrence is called a BLUE MOON. Yup, the blue moon has nothing to do with the color – it’s what you call the second full moon in a calendar month. It’s pretty special

We’re having a beautiful full moon on July 1st and 31st – the first and last day of the month. This is the heaven’s blessing us all month with this powerful celestial force. With the moon strongly tugging at your emotions – you’ll be more in touch with your passions and purpose than ever!

Full moons heighten your emotions and intuition

Have you ever noticed you’re more emotional during a full moon? In astrology, the moon governs your emotions and inner life, including your intuition. The natural element associates with emotions is water. If you’ve ever seen how the moon affects our tides, you’ll understand you can’t ignore the moon’s powerful pull on your feelings.

Love is in the air all month with our number vibrations lighting up your heart chakra. In numerology, July 2015 is a 15/6 Universal Month (7 + 2+0+1+5 = 6). 6 is the number of love, beauty and harmony. Everything in your being will be energizing you toward having more love in your life. This will have a beautiful affect on your relationships, romance, career, and family.
Listen to your heart

Because your emotions will be amplified all month, it’s important that you pay attention to them. You’re feelings are your intuitive guide. If you feel drawn to a person or activity – take the steps you need to deepen your connection. If you’re feeling uncomfortable about a person or circumstance, have the courage to release any energy that doesn’t benefit your well-being. When you honor your feelings, that will be reflected by the world around you. Just like the moon reflects the sun’s glorious light.

Have a beautiful month, and remember to look up at the sky!

Traversing The Super Galactic Center: July’s Cancerian Full Moon

Traversing The Super Galactic Center: July’s Cancerian Full Moon

a message from Lynda Hill
To read more of Lynda’s insight, please visit her website, Lynda Hill’s Sabian Symbols

The Joys Of Venus, Jupiter And Uranus

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. Ambrose Redmoon

Dangers bring fears, and fears more dangers bring. Richard Baxter

Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear. Upanishad

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. Frank Herbert

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn. Henry Thoreau

Do not speak of a rhinoceros if there is no tree nearby. African Proverb

The Capricorn full Moon happens on July 1 in the United States and July 2 in Australia. (For those who don’t realise, the full Moon happens at the exact same moment all across the world, however, Australia is almost a day ahead of the US – I mention this as some people think we, in Australia, have the new and full Moons after the US – not so! It happens everywhere at the same moment in time – it’s just that time measurements have Australia, and New Zealand, ahead of the UK and the US).

It seems that there’s so much going on right now – like the energies have been ramped right up. We have the vote for marriage equality in the US, with some people threatening to set fire to themselves, or, as we saw in Australia, a conservative Christian couple threatening to divorce if the rights to gay marriage were enacted. It’s been like a circus. It is always like a circus, but it feels like it’s been ramped up. We have the situation in Greece, that will be interesting to watch. I wonder if they will leave the Eurozone and what that will mean in the long run. Of course, we have many, many other things happening. The TPP being introduced, for example. So many laws being introduced, most of which will have a detrimental effect on the people. Chiron on the ‘Ten Commandments’ degree is very telling, I feel 🙂

There are brilliant things going on now, though. Absolutely wonderful. We have the Venus/Jupiter conjunction trining Uranus AND we have the Moon’s north node traversing the Super Galactic Center (SGC), which adds to the magic and mystery of this amazing time. More on this below…

The full Moon is on Capricorn 10: AN ALBATROSS FEEDING FROM THE HAND OF A SAILOR – the following is from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom

‘An Albatross Feeding From the Hand of a Sailor’ is an image that implies the necessity of being able to overcome the perceived separation between humans and other living beings. Feelings of separation are usually the case when we don’t really understand or trust each other in some way. The ‘Albatross’ has to overcome the fear it experiences from being in such close contact with a human and the ‘Sailor’ has to fight his superstitions that surround the ‘Albatross’. In “The Ancient Mariner”, a sailor is condemned to eternally sail the world, after killing an albatross that had helped rescue his ship.

This degree shows the overcoming of fears, superstitions or limiting thoughts. One of the ways of overcoming fears is through gentleness and a readiness to let down your guard and interact with people or animals without feeling afraid or vulnerable. Putting up a wall between you and other living things can cause alienation or the loss of the rewards that can come from truly relating. Even seemingly natural ‘enemies’ can realize the possibility of interaction and letting go of fear may be necessary. You may feel that you can deal with someone with whom you have usually kept your distance – possibly even help each other.

Keywords: Feeding one’s higher nature with good nourishment. Banishing worries, so that one can fly ever higher. Overcoming superstitions or beliefs. Travelers who put themselves at risk in foreign lands or cultures. Talking to anybody anywhere. Sharing one’s bounty. Sailors, boats. Birds. Empathy and sympathy for others. Restoring trust and hope.

The Caution: Manipulating events or people with false nourishment. Having alternative motives for wanting to draw others close. Being afraid of strangers or strange situations. The loss of independence. Fear of intimacy.

Moon symbolizes: Emotions, moods, mother, family, clan, domestic issues, relationship to home and country. Feelings, sentiments, nourishment, emotional nurturing, monkey chatter mind, lunar and menstrual cycles, clarity of emotions or lunacy. Female energy – yours and others.

Further, on The Albatross. We are being asked to let go of those things – memories, ideas that didn’t work out, relationships that have gone south or sour, opportunities missed, difficult attitudes towards oneself or others, etc, we have to let them go. These things can hang around our neck like the albatross, dead and rotting, and we can be condemned to sailing the seven seas for the rest of our lives, not finding base, not touching down, not coming to a more authentic and rewarding sense of self.

What is hanging around your neck? Is it a memory, a thought? A busted relationship? An attitude towards life, perhaps? Sometimes, letting go is as simple as that; we just decide to move on, to drop the story. Pluto was on this degree for a very long time at the end of 2012 and, at times, on this degree throughout 2013. We have had a good chance to take a long look at what holds us back and keeps us stuck in some story that we may need to outgrow. Of course, there are many people who will read this and notice that this is an issue in the lives of some people around them.

The Sun is on Cancer 10: A LARGE DIAMOND IN THE FIRST STAGES OF THE CUTTING PROCESS

‘A Large Diamond in the First Stages of the Cutting Process’ implies a person or situation that has the potential for perfection, talent, beauty and considerable wealth. Whatever one is wanting to shape, build or become, the process of cutting, grinding and shaping a ‘Diamond’ takes skill, care and time. As one continues to polish and grind away, a more refined and beautiful object emerges. The facets of the gem become more and more beautiful as the “old bits of rock” are chipped off.

This Symbol implies the beginning stages of things that are becoming something wonderful, useful and worthwhile. Things are always growing and perfecting and it seems that some things are just beginning to take shape and the potential is enormous, but there needs to be care and accuracy taken or all the work to date could be lost or spoilt. This situation has probably taken a long time to develop and comes from a deep organic essence. Keep cutting away the unnecessary and the flawed and you’ll emerge with a wonderful gem as this Symbol implies riches and talent and beauty.

Keywords: Coming to terms with inner worth. Emerging perfection. Beauty that is still a bit “rough around the edges”. Naivety. Beauty that is within, even if it has flaws. Potential. Chopping and grinding away to get to the essential. Being almost, but not completely, perfect. Reserving judgment. Self-development courses. Knowing where to start or finish. Craftsmanship. Finding the best in everything.

The Caution: Leaving an important job unfinished. Seeing the flaws not the inherent beauty. Being afraid to take the first stab at something. Being overwhelmed by importance and value. Being overprotective or insecure. Not seeing the whole picture. Things unformed and incomplete. A “diamond in the rough”, someone lacking social polish.

The Sun symbolizes: One’s core center, spirit, heart, issues to do with father, men, self, ego, your male side. How you radiate your sense of being. What others see, how you are recognized or remembered, sense of identity and connection with male energy – yours and others.

Mercury is on Gemini 20: A CAFETERIA WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF CHOICES

This Symbol shows the wide range of nourishment, opportunity and the ability to have things in our modern world. There are so many choices but each has its price, so be careful what you choose. Each will nourish you, but some things are far more nourishing and sustaining than others. However, there is so much on display and available that if you don’t like your first choice you can get something else – that is if you can afford it. Take what you need, enjoy it and realize the abundance that’s happening in your life. Make sure that what you get is good quality as many things may not be.

Keywords: Overwhelming alternatives in modern society. Satiation. Everything provided for. Self- service. Issues of indulgence and one’s needs satisfied. Salivating over what’s on display. The incredible number of “choices” in a technological society. Too many choices (food, lovers, jobs, opportunities) – so little time. Instant gratification. Takeaway food. Buffet-style meals. Obesity. Chef’s surprises. The need to be discerning. Mechanized systems that don’t require much thought.

The Caution: Taking everything you can simply because it is available, regardless of needs. The inability to make life’s decisions. Things so near, yet so far. The inability to satisfy no matter how much one has. Feeling that one has to eat because it’s there. Indulgence beyond reason. Indigestion. Waste. Obsession with food. Using up people one by one.

Mercury symbolizes: Mind, thought, communication, memory, expression, intelligence. News, exchanges, chatting, conversations, short journeys, connections with others, telephones, emails, siblings, neighbors, the reasoning mind. Day-to-day activities. Cars, keys, small animals.

Venus is on Leo 23: A BAREBACK RIDER IN A CIRCUS DISPLAYS HER DANGEROUS SKILL

This Symbol shows situations of showing one’s talent, training, skills and bravery to others. The ‘Bareback Rider’ has trained and practiced for the performance and is up and ready to show what they can do. A sense of balance combined with timing is vitally important otherwise you could be thrown mid-way through your performance. Although you may believe passionately in what you are doing, you may put yourself at risk to present your abilities, skills and emotions boldly and skillfully. Done correctly, this will not doubt impress others most of the time, but be wary of running into the ring unrehearsed. Being well trained and fit and ready helps.

Of course, this Symbol can imply feeling like life is a circus and the performances can seem somewhat unhinged – particularly when looking at the media or politics. People sometimes see an opening and rush into to fill it, especially in the media, and, if they haven’t got what it takes, they can look foolish and draw the wrong kind of attention.

Keywords: Defying gravity. Controlling one’s animal instincts. Courage and mastery over one’s energies. Shows of strength. Situations where one might get “bucked”. Rushing in where angels fear to tread. Being shown in the media. The allure of drama and danger. Life as a circus or carnival. Amazing displays of skill. Superheroes. Comic book characters. Impressing people with well-rehearsed skills.

The Caution: “Showing off”, losing control and falling. Demanding attention. Looking for applause. Fooling with nature’s energies. Arousing or controlling animal passions. Acting wildly and not thinking about the consequences.

Venus symbolizes: Relatedness, cooperation, what attracts you. The experience of sweetness, beauty or delight. Social interactions, love, friends, how you reach out to people. Feminine persona, relationship with mother and females. Money, possessions, sense of values.

Mars is on Cancer 6: IN SPRING GAME BIRDS ARE FEATHERING THEIR NESTS

The ‘Game Birds’ in this Symbol can picture the desire for security, sometimes in the midst of rather unstable situations. ‘Birds Feather Their Nests’ in readiness for a new life and new beginnings. This Symbol speaks of building or decorating a ‘Nest’ somewhere that is safe and comfortable. It is a beautiful Symbol that can speak of falling into the right living space and feeling like you’ve made it home. Beautifying the home, even with some new color, or, moving the furniture around, hanging drapes, etc, these kinds of things are inherent in this Symbol.

Although there is a good feeling about the future and a new life coming, perhaps there is a feeling that you will not have somewhere to nest or that you could actually be somewhat expendable. Be careful not to become either too complacent or to react in fright at any sudden surprises. You could jeopardize your situation as others may judge whether you are qualified to stay where you are, or, are able to maintain your situation. This is a beautiful Symbol, but with Mars on it, it won’t be domestic bliss for everyone.

Having said that, it can also show people finding a safe, beautiful, comfortable place to live and thrive.

Keywords: Homes, houses, flats, living arrangements. Instinctive dedication. Laying the groundwork for those to come. Creating a base to feel safe. Nurturing. Endangered habitat. Raising money. Making yourself or someone else comfortable. Interior decoration. Preparation. Home building. Landlords and tenants. Noisy or nosy neighbors. Renting vs. owning. Watching for danger. The nesting instinct. Renovations. Babies’ rooms. Working to pay the mortgage or rent.

The Caution: Being unnecessarily afraid to venture out on “one’s own”. Taking over other people’s territory. Feeling unwanted. Danger. Fussing over small details. Over-preparation. Not knowing how long one can hold out in a situation. Being vulnerable to change. Being at the mercy of others. Endless housework.

Mars symbolizes: Drive, determination or agenda, how you get to your goals. How you express and handle anger, ambition, assertion of self and ability to step forward. The male principle, sexuality, the ability to step up to the plate when one needs to. Fight or flight.

The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of Mars is Cancer 5: AT A RAILROAD CROSSING, A CAR RACES WITH A TRAIN. I feel to mention this Symbol as many of us may have witnessed upsetting things, or, felt a little like we’ve been hit by a train. Over the last several days, Mars has gone over some rather difficult Sabian Symbols and I feel that, on many levels, things will lighten up from now on – at least to some extent.

This Symbol implies the desire, or the ability, to compete with or take on society as if life were a race or something to be conquered. The ‘Car’ is a vehicle for the individual and the ‘Train’ a vehicle for the masses. There is often a need for caution; the individual will not always survive a collision with the more powerful collective. It may not work to be insisting bravely that your individual needs should be considered. The collective has too much momentum. If someone pits themselves and their energies continually against society, sooner or later they are likely to lose. Not looking to the consequences of one’s actions. Running against the grain of others. Cars, trains. Individual rights. Rebelling. Split second timing. Taking one’s chances.

Jupiter is on Leo 22: A CARRIER PIGEON FULFILLING ITS MISSION

This Symbol implies a clear sense of purpose and direction, even a sense of divine guidance. The ‘Carrier Pigeon’ may have to go through hardships and obstacles in order to deliver the message it is carrying or to complete the mission. This can be about bridging communications between people or conveying something that someone needs to hear or know. Pigeons were trained to deliver very important messages and some won honors and medals. Be sure that the end is in sight and there is a prize to be won in bringing a message to those who need it. Whatever this Symbol is speaking about, someone has a “Mission” that needs to be fulfilled.

What is your ‘Mission’. Are you ready for it?

Venus is conjunct Jupiter, which is wonderful as it can bring all kinds of good news, good outcomes, good vibes, new relationships, new love, a new sense of being, flashes of good luck, etc, etc. Venus is soon to go retrograde (more on that in another newsletter), and Venus and Jupiter will be playing around together for some time. The conjunction is a wonderful omen of good things coming. This is a sign of not only good luck, but kindness and goodwill to others. Many good things may be brewing for you 🙂

Keywords: Bringer of good tidings and news. Creating lines of communication. Completing tasks. Feeling like one is on a mission. Finding out what’s truly going on. Having a sense of destiny. Receiving orders from a higher authority. Being magnetically aligned. Pigeons, doves. Not being put off the track no matter what. Mail. Flying home.

The Caution: Gossip. Messages that are not useful to anyone or are outworn and old. Needing recognition and applause for doing simple things. Useless information. Putting a lot of effort into something that is not worth it. “Stool pigeons”. Working until one drops from exhaustion. Being so one-pointed that you forget other parts of your life.

Jupiter symbolizes: The big picture, expansion, exploration, aspirations, religious and philosophical ideals, issues to do with traveling, foreign lands, people and traditions, culture, education, generosity, luck, abundance, support, optimism. Insight through knowledge and wisdom.

Saturn is on Scorpio 30: CHILDREN IN HALLOWEEN COSTUMES INDULGING IN VARIOUS PRANKS

‘Children in Halloween Costumes’ are seen ‘Indulging In Various Pranks’. They are most likely having a wonderful time, playing around in the streets, going door to door and watching the reactions of the people they encounter. Sometimes they wear lots of makeup and masks in their endeavor to win people over or to convince them that they deserve their treats. If they don’t receive a treat, or reward, sometimes they get very mischievous and play ‘Pranks’ on people. This Symbol can show the ‘Prankster’ in all of us, in some measure. ‘Halloween’ is said to be a time when the veil between the living and the dead becomes an illusion, nebulous or very thin.

This Symbol implies that society needs to have an outlet for disruptive energies, and to have periodic displays of fun, even indulging in somewhat disruptive pranks. You may feel that the trickster in you needs to be let out every now and then, or you may be the focus of tricks by others. Whichever, it should be acknowledged that there needs to be an occasional outlet for immature or fun loving energies, as long as there’s no harm done. This Symbol can refer to somebody who does not take anything too seriously. The time of Halloween is the time when the veil between the living and the dead becomes very thin.

This can also point to things getting a little out of hand. How can your organise your life better so you are not at the ‘mercy’ of the trickster?

Keywords: The madman inside all of us. Astro-drama. The lifting of the veil between the living and the dead. Unintegrated energies playing tricks on the unwary. Tricksters. Creative surprises. Halloween. Trick or treat. Practical jokes played on the unwary. Roaming the streets. Dressing up. Ghouls and ghosts.

The Caution: Being unable to connect with real and immediate emotions. Contempt for the establishment. ‘Mucking around’ and not getting to the core of things. Evading one’s responsibilities through being silly or madcap. Not respecting other people’s boundaries.

Saturn symbolizes: Authority, rules, discipline and obligation The heavy stuff. What we fear, loss, karma, aging, the establishment, orthodoxy, tradition, status, the concept of time, walls, boundaries, limits, older people, restrictions, patience, conquering difficulties.

Uranus is on Aries 21: A BOXER IS ENTERING THE RING. Uranus is trining the Venus/Jupiter conjunction. This speaks of all kinds of good things coming about and we may be feeling very optimistic and like celebrating. Obstructions that you may have been feeling are likely to melt away – this is a fabulous line-up of planets.

‘A Boxer’ shows someone with the ability to stand up, fight or take on a challenge. This person is seen ‘Entering the Ring’—a place where they need to stand up for something, tackle an issue or a person; to prove themselves strong in some measure. Fighting can take many forms, it can be done obviously or subversively. One can throw punches on every level of consciousness: physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.

This Symbol shows that there may be a temptation to take on issues, even to fight, but it needs to be with dignity and regulation. You may feel a need, or the urge, to step up to the plate and take something or someone on. There are rules to follow and often others will be end up being the judge of the final outcome. Make sure you possess the skills and training to defend what you believe. Remember that sometimes you need to back off if you’re not winning a contest. Question: are you more on the attack or on the defense?

Keywords: Physical or psychological self – assertion and determination. Attack or defense? Fighting for emotional, psychological or physical space. Being seen as a person of strength. Throwing punches. Fighting on any level. Being prepared to take a swing at someone or something. Stepping up to the plate. Throwing down the gauntlet. Going after the title. Big vs. small egos.

The Caution: Using force or power to dominate people or those who challenge. Acting in a combative manner. Not displaying sportsmanship. Wanting to knock people out. Looking for combat. Throwing punches at anything. Belting, smacking, invading. Being punch-drunk.

Uranus symbolizes: The unexpected, things that are individual or ‘different’. Charged, energetic dynamics, electricity, light, lightning bolts, sudden changes, those who live on the fringe of society. Sudden turns and twists of fate. Rebellion, surprises, liberation, freedom.

Neptune is on Pisces 10: AN AVIATOR IN THE CLOUDS

This shows being able to stay on course, not allowing distractions or difficult or confusing issues to deter you from your destination. Perhaps you need to rise above and transcend the more nitty-gritty realities of earthly existence and its difficulties, just be aware that you may not be seeing the complete picture very clearly sometimes. If you take special notice, you may be able to see through illusions, seeing past the surface appearances to things that others miss. You may be able to rely on your spiritual, creative or intellectual skills to take you above and beyond those things that others have to deal with. However, you may also be evading the real truth.

Keywords: Elevated views. Always seeing the best in people and things. Peace and tranquility. The longing for transcendence. Not seeing limitations. Being in a refined “head space”. Mastery. Flight, planes, pilots. Avoidance of time constraints. Pollyanna attitudes. Free flights of fantasy and escapism. The need for accurate navigation. Being in charge of the controls. Seeking higher truths. Maps. Compasses. Global satellite positioning. Clouds. Mist and fog. Hang-gliding. Don’t “over-control” like a novice pilot. Stay loose enough from the flow that you can observe it, modify, and improve it. Donald Rumsfeld

The Caution: Sailing through difficulties or missing what’s really going on. Escapist use of alcohol and drugs, etc. Lack of grounded energy or reality. Being unearthed. Escaping responsibilities. Isolating oneself. Completely missing the point. Feeling high and mighty and above everyone else, particularly with intellectual skills. Wrong turns. Missing the signs. Feeling like you’re living in a fog. Disconnecting from others, leading to isolation. Losing the plot. Taking huge risks. One’s head being separate from the body. No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. William Blake Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price. Amelia Earhart

Neptune symbolizes: Mystical, “out there,” spirituality and con artists. Dreams, mysteries, mystics and religious issues. Intuition, clairvoyance, seeing into the invisible. Addictive, chaotic, charming, deceptive, illusory, co dependent, sensory awareness.

Pluto is on Capricorn 15: IN A HOSPITAL, THE CHILDREN’S WARD IS FILLED WITH TOYS

This Symbol shows the need to heal, calm, soothe and repair the lives of those who need help, comfort and shelter. In times of healing there can be simple pleasures to raise the spirits, whether it’s of “Children” or people of any age. The “Toys” in the “Hospital” can be healing tools of any kind – it does not matter what type or modality; if they bring relief and joy to someone’s life, they fill a need. There is also a need for caring shows of affectionate concern. Simple things done in times of healing can bring great relief to all. Sometimes it’s a smile, a special treat or soothing words of encouragement these are more healing than one can imagine.

With Pluto here, issues such as Health Care being enacted come up. There can also be a sense of control and manipulation around issues of health. We have been seeing this with concerns about disease, and some of these got a little out of hand with the measles ‘scare’.

Keywords: Bringing simple gifts to the sick or disadvantaged. Looking after one’s responsibilities. Nurturing people of younger years or those who’ve had less growth. Workshops held to improve one’s health; be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Drugs, crutches, cots, doctors, nurses. Waiting for and needing individual attention. Waiting rooms. Magazines. Toys. Gadgets. Puzzles. Games.

The Caution: Making a large generous show when one doesn’t really care. Being dogmatic. Feeling in charge of healing and not listening to what others have to say. Using gadgets instead of simple human caring. Fear of things such as needles, etc. Being greedy and wanting all the toys.

Pluto symbolizes: Unconscious motivations, depth psychology, history. Sex, procreation at a deep level, intensity, profound emotions, taking hold of one’s power. Being king or queen of one’s underworld. Strength, survival mode instincts. Big money. Big power. The Plutocracy.

Chiron is on Pisces 22: A PROPHET BRINGING DOWN THE NEW LAW FROM THE MOUNTAIN

‘A Prophet Bringing Down the New Law From The Mountain’ pictures revelations concerning spirit and truth being delivered through the agency of a single individual, the ‘Prophet’. This message, this ‘New Law’ can be “brought down” orally or in written form in order to be given to the people. ‘Laws’ relate to the culture of the time and will vary as technology and society changes, but the ‘Prophet’ is able to manifest ‘Laws’ that will apply not just for his time, but also for times to come.

This shows being able to live life by a set of “New Laws”, or, to make a new set of laws that better suits your life and place in the scheme of things. This pictures revelations of spirit and truth. It is important to manifest these truths and laws and to integrate them into your everyday life. Codifying the ways of humankind can help us understand the limitations of our earthly existence. Although our basic principles may stay the same, the specifics will vary in order to accommodate the changing perceptions. You may find new laws to live by, or, you could be the one to bring these ‘rules’ to others.

Keywords: Revelations and channeling of new information. Truths being revealed. Thoughts, ideas, guidelines. The Ten Commandments. Laying down the law. New resolutions. New pathways of living. Social justice messages. The Koran. The Torah. The Bible. Finding records. People of the book. The Ark of the Covenant. Newly codified laws. Amendments. The Testaments. Avatars and guides. Moses. Mt. Sinai. Legislation. Laws enacted. Legislation.

The Caution: Being told what to do. Believing that one has all the answers OR believing that someone else has all the answers. Disregarding the religious ways of the past. Rules set in stone. The statement “this is what’s going to happen”. Rigid application of dogmatic moral codes.

Chiron symbolizes: Our wounds and it is known as The Wounded Healer, it also shows The Stories That We Tell Ourselves, it is where we have to focus on healing, it can show things that are out of shape or misplaced or in need of repair.

The Moon’s North Node is on Libra 6: A MAN WATCHES HIS IDEALS TAKING A CONCRETE FORM BEFORE HIS INNER VISION

‘A Man Watches His Ideals Taking a Concrete Form Before His Inner Vision’. This person has had the knowledge or insight to know what he wants, or what he wishes to accomplish, and it is now materializing in front of him—it is ‘Taking a Concrete Form Before His Inner Vision’. As the ‘Vision’ unfolds, so do the things that he’s wanted. He will see, realize and understand that dreaming of and working on future possibilities often does indeed, in time, bring them into current realities.

The node is traversing over the Super Galactic Center over the next six months. This is wonderful as it gives us the ability to strike out for those things we truly want. I have written more about this. Click here to read my article about this fabulous transit. It only happens for a few months every nine years, so it’s another opportunity to really connect in with the Law Of Attraction.

Keywords: Vivid confrontations with one’s objectives. Creative visualizations. Imagining things. Meditations and affirmations. Ideas crystallized. Putting things out into the universe. Making things happen. Seeing things take shape and form. Clairvoyance. Film making. Writing and getting published. The power of manifestation. Solidification. Builders. Sculptures. Dreams.

The Caution: Being dissatisfied with what was thought to be the true ideal. Feeling that things are “written in stone” and can’t be changed. Calcified situations or emotions. Neurosis. Focusing on the negative thereby bringing the negative.

The Moon’s North Node symbolizes: This is known as quite a ‘karmic point’ (although all planets and points in a chart can be’karmic’). One’s destiny in this life. The things you are meant to integrate, move towards, become. Destined relationships and relationship issues can show up here.

The Moon’s South Node is on Aries 6: A SQUARE BRIGHTLY LIGHTED ON ONE SIDE

‘A Square Brightly Lighted on One Side’ is a Symbol of containment, walls and boundaries. A four-sided structure can lead to feeling contained, boxed in, trapped or claustrophobic in a place or situation. However, the ‘Square’ of this Symbol is not completely walled in; it is being lit up ‘On One Side’, which shows there are solutions and a way out. It indicates creative solutions are at hand, if one will turn their attention to that possibility.

Keywords: Illuminated solutions that provide ways out of tight situations. Having to put up walls to protect or defend versus taking down the barriers. Putting all your eggs in one basket. Feeling fully contained. Walls and fences. Boxes. Understanding the borders of one’s activities. Looking for stabilization. Lighting up dark corners. Sunshine. Stepping outside the square or feeling there is no square. Moving out. Windows and doors. Rubik’s Cube.

The Caution: Surrendering, feeling trapped. Seeing only one side. Bouncing around, feeling like there’s no way out. Internal struggles that prevent seeing solutions. Not acknowledging or expressing true feelings. Desperately wanting to escape tight situations. Fear of ambush. Fear of attack from behind. Claustrophobia. Padded cells. Painting oneself into a corner.

The Moon’s South Node symbolizes: Past karmic patterns to be overcome, can be habits that are good, but can describe things, relationships, issues that you need to let go of, or, hold you back from manifesting your true destiny. Relationships that feel karmic and difficult, memories from the past.

Monthly Astro-Forecasts July 2015

Monthly Astro-Forecasts July 2015

a message from Sarah-Jane Grace
To view more of Sarah-Jane’s insight, visit her website, Sarah-Jane Grace

Life is full of moments: moments of happiness, moments of grief, moments of pain, moments of joy and a plethora of other moments. All of these moments added together make us individuals as they carve out our unique journey through life. Yet it’s important to realise that we are more than simply the sum of these moments as, just like the brief pause between an in and an out breath, there are spaces in between the spaces of life. Yet we often forget to notice these gaps and, as a result, life can feel overwhelming and suffocating as our own unique collection of moments can sometimes crash in on us like waves on a rocky shore leaving us lost, isolated, confused and bewildered.

It’s important during such times to take a big deep breath in order to refocus on the gaps allowing ourselves to feel the fresh air filling our lungs and re-connecting us to the sense of space that’s always there even though we often lose sight of it: from gazing at a sunset, to listening to a bird in song or feeling the rise and fall of the breath. We are never truly lost or isolated; it is just our perception that’s shifted out of focus. When we take a moment to re-connect to our breath and to ourselves, we step back and see all of those moments as well as the gaps in between and we begin to see and feel the love, and sense of unity, both within us and all around us.

July looks set to be a month of re-connection, of re-balancing and of deep breathing as we step beyond self-created storylines and definitions in order to be the free spirits we all truly are. It’s easy to over think this and it’s even easier to think of a thousand reasons why this is too simplistic or too difficult, but therein lies the problem: thinking! Sometimes we have to listen to that voice deep within us, the one beyond the mind and beyond our logical reasoning in order to connect to the essence right at the core of our soul. Sometimes we have to let the music of the soul flow freely, allowing it to weave its way into new storylines in life as we lift up our heads to the brilliant sunshine and let our feet start tapping a brand new dance. Who cares who may be watching!

Life is for living and we can either choose to be defined by our own personal collection of moments or we can breathe deeply into life and become so much more. None of us can know what lies around the next corner so it’s important to savour each and every breath in order to live life fully, consciously and embrace each and every moment…

With love,

Sarah-Jane

Aries

The unforgettable Forrest Gump once said ‘Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get’. As an Aries mantra, such uncertainty has always added a hint of fun and sparkle to your life as you thrive living on the edge of the predictable and your spirit soars at the idea of being the ‘spontaneous and ever-so-slightly crazy one’. And yet, there is a part of you that still actively hunts out the small card inside the box of chocolates that lists each sweet as you actually want to make sure that you pick out your favourites rather than those chocolates which, quite frankly, should never appear in boxes of chocolates. Of course, we are all unique, so those less-than-pleasant chocolates do vary, but your logical mind says ‘why eat something you don’t like when you can choose your favourite?’ So it would seem that your head and your heart are in a little bit of conflict, yet do they need to be? Does applying logic to the thrill and uncertainty of life make it less fun? Does everything have to be completely unknowable in order for it to be a valid and worthwhile experience?

At the end of the day life is a collection of experiences and adventures, but do the ones where you’ve been slightly more discerning not count? Of course they do! The free-spirited part of you wants to be the rebel but intuitively you want to get the best out of life as well, so why not blend the two and create a brand new you? Why not let your free spirit dance and allow your formidable mind to do ‘it’s thing’ as together this a combination to move mountains…

Taurus

July looks set to be a month of moments: moments to pause, moments to do, moments to be and moments to breathe. Of course, every month is always full of all of these, but, on the whole, it’s easy not to notice them as life frequently feels like an overwhelming clash of things to do, people to see and places to go, leaving very little time to actually notice the bigger picture. Intuitively you can sense these moments in time but you struggle to find the quiet in order to savour them and make them more conscious in your life. You may wonder why you need to make them conscious, after all, they happen whether you are aware of them or not, but when you become more conscious in life, you somehow become more conscious overall and you expand more deeply into life as a result. In essence, this is a cycle of expansion as living consciously brings every moment into sharper and clearer focus.

Whilst there are inevitably moments you would rather forget, the more consciously you walk through life, the richer life feels and the more self-aware you become allowing you to celebrate your true essence, to live authentically and to let your magnificence shine through in all its glory. When you live consciously, it somehow seems easier to find a truer sense of inner balance enabling you to navigate the twists, turns, ups and downs in life with more awareness and more poise. So it seems time to sit up and notice each and every moment in order to live the best life possible in the best possible way…

Gemini

‘Life is like a box of chocolates. A cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift that nobody ever asks for’. Well, so said the Cigarette Smoking Man in The X-Files. Yet, despite the acerbic tone, his words resonate with you as you often think so much deeper than most and you love to ponder the true meaning of gestures and philosophical meanderings. Your tendency to dig deeper, to reach higher and to question more often brings you great reward in life as it allows you to see beyond the ‘every day’ towards a much richer and more colourful life. In essence, whilst some may feel the above statement is negative or ungrateful, you have stepped way beyond the concept of ‘gift’ and beyond the concept of positive or negative and into the world of existential thought and exploration.

The above quote concludes with the following: ‘…and all you’ve got left is a — is an empty box, filled with useless brown paper wrappers’. And this is where the similarities end as your mind sees so much more than an empty box or useless brown wrappers, you see space, textures, shapes and possibility. Yes, even in an old box of chocolates you can see potential! It’s a bit like a five year old finding more joy from a cardboard box than from an expensive and over-priced toy. When the imagination is left to soar, enrichment surfaces even in the simplest things; life is not about the value of the gifts you receive (and they come in many forms), it’s about seeing beyond this and reaching deep within in order to explore and savour every nook and cranny, and every little chocolate of life…

Cancer

July looks set to be a month of increasing ‘you time’ as you continue to focus on your true priorities in life. Whilst there will inevitably be things to do, people to see, lists to complete and places to go, there will also be opportunities to re-centre and re-balance amongst the busy-ness of life. It’s easy to get caught up in the hamster wheel of life, keeping on keeping on because that’s what everyone does. Yet, you are not like everyone else, you are you! Of course, intuitively you already know this, but it doesn’t sit well with you as you seem to prefer the idea of being another sheep in the flock rather than being you. The flock brings you a sense of stability and a sense of uniformity, but it doesn’t seem to bring you a true sense of belonging for, no matter how hard you try, you just cannot squeeze into that sheep suit, it’s really not your colour, it doesn’t flatter your figure and the wool itches and chaffs…say no more.

Seriously though, is there a reason you are trying to be the person you think you ought to be rather than being the person you truly are? Life undeniably throws in twists and turns making it seem easier to take the path most travelled, but when you intuitively want to step off the path altogether in order to explore new terrain it seems unlikely that you will feel a sense of satisfaction unless you find a new way of living and being. Increasing your ‘you time’ is an important way to reconnect to your deeper sense in order to allow a new sense of direction to surface and emerge…

Leo

As you continue to embrace the waves of change which are lapping the shoreline of your life, there is a sense that July looks set to be a month of inspired creativity as you begin to look at your life from a new perspective enabling you to explore this change with fresh and anticipatory eyes. Of course, there is likely to be a sense of uncertainty as you are still not quite sure what this change will actually equate to in your life but you have stepped beyond trying to balance up the equation of your life and allowed yourself to be more conscious in the moment enabling you to grab hold of this change, to feel it more and to make it more tangible. As a result, you cannot help but feel excited and eager to step forward now as life feels brimming with opportunity and adventure, both of which have seemingly been lacking for quite some time.

After a period of quiet and steady keeping on keeping on with the business of life, the lion within you seems ready once again to let out an unhindered and passionate roar and to shake it’s mane in the sunlight whilst sharpening it’s claws and teeth. Whilst you may see your lion as cute and cuddly, don’t ever forget the sharp pointy bits as there is a great deal of power in your soul! In essence it seems time now for you to remember your true self and to reconnect to the bigger picture of life once again. Life may be uncertain, but it’s always uncertain: always has been, always will be, as that’s life. So, sit up, roar and grab life with all of your passion and power…

Virgo

‘A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory’. These words were Tweeted by the late, great Leonard Nimoy. The wisdom in these words reaches deeply into your heart and soul throughout July as you look set to make some powerful realisations in connection to your expectations in life. You are world-class at giving yourself a hard time for not being enough, doing enough or achieving enough; you always push yourself harder, expecting more and striving towards a state of perfection. Being a perfectionist has its advantages but it can also leave you in a perpetual state of lack as you chase the dream of preserving perfection and, as a result, lose sight of all of those perfect moments.

Life is like a garden, and, like all of nature, gardens experience different seasons: everything is in a state of constant shift and movement as nothing ever stays the same. Whilst you know this, you still find it hard to fully accept as you want to create perfection and then live it, be it and maintain it. This is understandable but it can leave you feeling frustrated as where you are now never seems enough as the horizon always seems more tantalising and bright. You seem ready now to shift your focus away from the gap between where you are and where you want to be back to this moment in order to experience the joy of being in the moment. When you allow yourself to be in the moment, you can truly touch and feel the joy that’s present and it’s this joy that looks set to take centre stage now and lead the way…

Libra

July looks set to be a month of intrigue and curiosity for you as you take a deeper look into your core beliefs and philosophies. On the surface you may wonder whether you even have any philosophies to explore but intuitively you know that your whirlwind mind and your inquisitive heart have opened you up to a plethora of belief systems, ideologies and states of being over the years. There are times when you curse your innate tendency to dig, explore and probe, as the more questions you ask, the more questions arise. Although you have accepted the fact that not every question has an answer, you still seek out the answers all the same. Yet, there are also times when you feel blessed to be you as your perspective on life and the world feels so broad, so deep and so enriching. Okay, so you may not be able to make sense of life despite all of this depth and enrichment, but you feel better because you have at least tried to explore the bigger picture!

There is a layer of perplexing confusion within you connected to knowing whether you should be grabbing hold of your wisdom and applying it to you own life or if you should keep on digging and exploring in the hope that more answers come along in order to better prepare you for living your own life in the best possible way. Well, in true Libran style, perhaps embracing both would be more appropriate as you need to find a way of being you and thriving in this moment as putting life on hold stifles your lifeforce and creativity. Be open, be inquisitive and love yourself exactly as you are…

Scorpio

‘Life is like a box of chocolates…’ well, if you’ve read any of the other signs this month, you will know that there is a distinctive chocolate-fuelled theme in the air! Yet, you’ve never been one for off the shelf boxes of chocolates; you’re more suited to carefully choosing each one individually after they’ve been freshly made by the chocolatier. Of course, when you finally sit down and open the box, this means that you already know what’s in every chocolate but the thrill for you comes in being able to choose the more unusual and unique combinations of flavours. You thrive on being a little bit different from the flock and you simply love to indulge in the exquisite and rich flavours and colours. When you sit down though, does ‘chilli and coconut’ or ‘garlic and cabbage’ (okay, I made that up for effect!) really make for a pleasant chocolate indulgence? It sounds good and very ‘on trend’ but there’s a sense that style over substance can sometimes leave you feeling a bit miffed that you didn’t throw in a few toffees, fudges or coffee crème’s for good measure and comfort.

So, what is this all really about? Well, in the spirit of being the unique and inspirational you that you know yourself to be, don’t try so blooming hard! Just be you. It doesn’t matter if it’s white, dark or milk chocolate, nor does it matter if it’s caramel, mint or garlic; if it floats your boat, then great! Try not to feel as though you need to impress quite so much, focus instead on pleasing yourself. This isn’t about becoming selfish or switched off to others; it’s about truly knowing yourself, being yourself and loving yourself for it. So, fruit and nut or walnut whip, it matters not…

Sagittarius

July looks set to be a month for transformation and liberation as you continue to lighten the load and shake yourself free from those aspects of your life that have been weighing you down. Of course life isn’t always as easy as this as there are some things that are simply too complicated to shake away; they are deeply entwined into the fabric of your being and you may feel too duty-bound to do anything other than carry on as you are. This is a part of being human: life’s complex, bewildering and overwhelming at times! Yet, it is important that whilst you may not be able to become the footloose and fancy free soul you intuitively know yourself to be, this is more about perception than reality. If you see yourself as a bird trapped in a cage of responsibility and duty, then this shapes and defines your life, yet if you see yourself willingly choosing to carry this responsibility, everything feels lighter and easier.

Perception may not seem that important in life but when you consider it’s your perception that ultimately flavours every single experience and every single moment, it suddenly matters much more! You have been hovering on the periphery of change for a long time now and you seem eager to grab hold of the reins and head off towards pastures new. However there is a sense of hesitation within you, a feeling that you’re unsure if you should come, go or stay where you are. Waiting for the ‘right time’ is understandable but is there ever a perfect time? Sometimes you have to believe in yourself, trust your instincts, pat that proverbial horse on the head and say ‘giddy up’…

Capricorn

There is a sense that life has been feeling increasingly heavy lately and your energy levels have taken a hit as a result. It’s akin to the airless, stagnant feeling that surfaces in hot, humid weather in those last few hours before a powerful thunderstorm crashes in, breaks through the heat and restores a sense of balance once again. It’s hard to feel enthusiastic when life feels heavy as everything becomes that much harder to accomplish and your low energy levels can leave you feeling demoralised and frustrated. And yet, whilst life feels heavy you cannot help but sense the winds of change within which are gathering momentum. Unlike the thunderstorm, these winds are gentle and they feel inspiring and energising. However, there is a sense of trepidation within you in connection to the inevitable change on the near-horizon even though you know that change is a constant force in life as nothing ever remains the same.

Despite knowing this, change is not always easy to embrace as it feels so unknowable and unpredictable. Of course, this is the point, but with you being you, you like to have a clear sense of direction and some inner knowing when it comes to what happens next; reality versus your ideal of reality are at tangents to one another. Sadly, this is a paradox that you are unlikely to win as guarantees just don’t happen in life. However, rather than feeling frustrated, why not choose to feel the fresh air on your face, let go of resistance, embrace the winds of change and allow your inspiration and courage to carry you forth as your energy levels begin to thrive once again as a new chapter begins…

Aquarius

July looks set to be a month of fluidity and expansion as you continue to search deep within in a quest to know yourself and to become one with the true ebb and flow of life. You are an intuitive and wise soul, and you know that the more you let go and trust the flow of life, the more life flows with you. Whilst this doesn’t intrinsically change what’s good and what’s not so good in life, it helps you to take a more philosophical and mindful approach which allows you to remain centred and balanced despite the inevitable ups and downs, and this helps you to make more informed decisions when it comes to living the best life possible.

You have long known that a good life is about being happy, being real and being you but this realisation has not always been easy to embrace as the constant stream of things to do, people to see and places to go often leaves you feeling discombobulated and overwhelmed. However, the more conscious you become, the less out of balance you are likely to feel as you learn the art of bending and flexing with the flow rather than trying to outwit or fight the flow. This is not the same as giving up and drifting aimlessly, it’s about letting go of resistance and allowing yourself to step consciously into the currents in order to ride the waves with passion, belief and faith. The more you step into the flow the more in tune you become with your true essence and it is this that will ultimately set you free as being the ‘you’ you know yourself to be is the real key to happiness…

Pisces

The theme of wiggle room continues in earnest throughout July as you begin to realise just how tied up in knots you have been lately. You have mastered the art of ‘over giving’, ‘over doing’ and ‘over thinking’ and whilst this has seen you do so much for so many, your own sense of well-being has suffered as a result as you feel undeniably deflated and flat. Your tendency to over give, over-do and over think pulls you in many different directions at once and it’s exhausting! A little bit here, a little bit there, and it’s no surprise you find yourself tied up in knots and tangles. Yet, the quest for wiggle room, for finding some breathing space, is growing in momentum as you begin to seek out ways to create some much needed room in your life. Breathing space is about the little moments when you re-connect to yourself and find your sense of balance once again. Wiggle room is an awareness of the need to stretch and expand consciously into these moments to give you some much needed ‘you time’.

Wiggling may feel restless and hard work, but this is more about a state of being than doing as it’s a shift in consciousness from ‘over giving’ and ‘over doing’ to a more balanced space of being you; there is nothing you specifically need to do other than open up more to those precious moments of breathing space which are present in your life even though they may be buried underneath all of those chores. You are ready now to take time out for yourself, to love yourself, to honour yourself and to breathe…

Current Moon Phase for July 1st – Full Moon

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July 1
Full Moon
Illumination: 100%

Tomorrow the Moon will be in a Full Moon phase. During a Full Moon the moon is 100% illuminated as seen from Earth and is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. The Moon will be visible throughout the night sky rising at sunset in the east and setting with the sunrise the next morning. The point at which a Full Moon occurs can be measured down to a fraction of a second. The time it takes between full moons is known as a Synodic month and is 29.530587981 days long.

Phase Details for – Thursday, July 2, 2015

Phase: Full Moon
Illumination: 100%
Moon Age: 15.19 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 375,674.17 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,097,398.77 km

 

The Witches Magick for the 1st Day of the Mead Moon – Mead Moon Ritual


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Mead Moon Ritual

 

Also known as the Lover’s or Honey Moon, the Mead Moon is the time when the flowers are blooming and the honey is brewing. One of the earliest alcoholic beverages, mead is made from fermenting honey. The word mead derives from amethyst, a stone long said to have the power to inhibit intoxication. This Mead Moon ritual is about bringing enchantment, health, rebirth, success, and strength into your life.
You will need fresh flowers, a piece of amethyst, your beloved, and two glasses of mead (or vanilla tea with a teaspoon of honey for a non-alcoholic substitute).

After dark, draw a circle of light and call in the elements. Place the fresh flowers on the altar as a gift to the Goddess:

Divine Lady of the flowers
Every night your blossoms
brighten my life.

Using your breath, clear the amethyst of any energy, then program it with sensations of divine love in a meadow of perfect peace. Place the amethyst on the altar in front of the flowers while saying:


Goddess and God of the Mead Moon
I give to you the stone of sacred love

You and your beloved each take one of the glasses of mead, and begin toasting to all the Goddesses and Gods for their help in making life good this year. Finish by toasting your beloved and the sacredness of the relationship that you have together. Celebrate the fullness of the Mead Moon with a night of lovemaking. In the morning, bid farewell to the elements and pull up the circle.

 

Wiccan Spell A Night: Spells, Charms, And Potions For The Whole Year
Sirona Knight

 

Moon & Witch Comments & Graphics Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Hay Season and Naga Panchami


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June 1 and 2

Hay Season and Naga Panchami


Happiness is not a reward – it is a consequence.
Suffering is not a punishment – it is a result.

-Ralph Ingersoll

For the agricultural communities, this is the beginning of hay season. Spells for continued fair weather are needed to dry out the hay and maturing growing corn.

If the first of July it be rainy weather,
‘Twil rain, more or less, for four weeks together.
-Charles Kightly, Perpetual Almanack of Folklore

In Nepal, this is the festival of Naga Panchami, devoted to the Snake-Gods called Nagas. Early on, people lined the streets for the elaborate parades featuring live serpents and flamboyantly costumed participants. Sacred snake images are adorned with flower garlands and displayed on religious altars. As the sun sets, offerings are made at snake holes for the continued fertility of the people and the land.

The serpent has long been a phallic symbol of the procreative male force. Living beneath the earth, it possesses knowledge of the Underworld and the mystical powers of transformation. In many cultures, it is a symbol of death and destruction as well as resurrection. The serpent also represents the Kundalini force, the potential of light and darkness, and serves as a guardian of thresholds and temples-the protector of esoteric knowledge.

When the Full Moon Falls On Wednesday

Moon & Witch Comments & GraphicsWhen the Full Moon Falls On Wednesday

For this Wednesday night esbat, we are working magick with the Norse god Odin. Odin is a trickster god and in his search for wisdom he gained deep magickal knowledge This spell also works with the images of the tarot card the Hanged Man. This illustrated card has many links to the god Odin, as Odin hung on the tree for nine days to gather wisdom and was eventually rewarded with the runes.

The Hanged Man card tells you to look at things from a new perspective. It speaks of a time of a transitional period, astral travel, and meditation. If you look carefully at the Hanged Man card, you will see that while the fellow is hanging upside down from his foot, he looks pretty peaceful about the whole situation. This card symbolizes letting go of that which no longer serves your highest good. This card’s image illustrates the quiet search for inner wisdom and knowledge and the gaining of a new perspective on your current situation. Wednesdays are all about movement, communication, and change, so let’s take this energy and put it to good use. Combining this with the light and influence of the full moon only sweetens the deal and turns up the power of the witchery.

 

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

About the Month of July

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About the Month of July

Until 44 B.C. this month was called Quintilis; it was renamed in honor of the murdered Julius Caesar, who had been born on the 12th. In 46 B.C.E. the previous Roman calendar dar was reorganized with the help of Alexandrian sages to form the new Julian calendar. After a year of chaos and confusion created by the change, the Julian calendar remained the main calendar in the West for the next 1,600 years, when it was replaced by the Gregorian calendar.

This middle-of-the-Summer month is a time of sudden storms and hay-making and is associated with the hot and sultry try “dog-days,” when the Sirius-Canciula (the Dog-Star) rises with the sun, often associated with the Goddess Demeter.

July is a fun-filled month with church fetes, family gatherings, ings, smoky barbecues, and celebrations that include St. Mary Magdalen, patroness of prostitutes; Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary and the patroness of housewives; and St. Wilgefortis, who supposedly sprouted an immense beard overnight night to rid herself of suitors chosen by her father. Magickally, July is a time of personal growth, learning new ways to be creative, and cultivating friendships.

Full Moon Colours, Herbs, Oils, Incense and much more

Moon & Witch Comments & GraphicsFull Moon Colours, Herbs, Oils, Incense and much more

 

Full Moon Colours

Blue, white, yellow and orange

 

Full Moon Herbs, Oils and Incense Ingredients

Frankincense, sandalwood, rose, cedar, juniper berry, hyssop, myrtle, orange, rosewood, tangerine, tea tree, yarrow and sage.

Full Moon Crystals

Moonstone, selenite, quartz, black tourmaline, obsidian, amber, rose quartz and opal

 

Full Moon Oil Recipe

6 drops gardenia essential oil
4 drops lotus essential oil
2 drops jasmine essential oil
Add to a base oil such as sweet almond or grape seed (about 15mls of carrier oil should be about right).

 

 

Moon Magic – Pagan Portals
Rachel Patterson

The Full Moon

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The Full Moon

About 15 days after the New Moon, the Full Moon first appears. At this point the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, so she rises around sunset and sets around dawn.

The Sun shines full on her face and tides are at their extremes again. Some may sense the pull of the Sun from one direction, and the moon from the opposite, and their energy will feel a bit scattered.

Hold a party of an event, but be aware that the energy level is likely to be high and anything troublesome is likely to surface. Cook and stock up the freezer. Pay special attention to your creative ventures and your dreams.

This is a good time to try out forms of divination such as scrying or tarot. Reflect about your goals, feelings and matters that have to do with relationship and family. It is also good for transformations, psychic abilities, strength, love, power, and fertility.

The Full Moon is an excellent time to cleanse, purify and charge your crystals. Lay them out so that the moonlight can hit them; if you can do so safely, leave them outside. If not, find a windowsill that catches the moonlight. Don’t just stop at crystals though, your magical tools will also benefit from soaking up the power of the moonlight.

As the Full Moon just passes, the time arrives to put the finishing touches on what you have been doing and to get ready for the quieter time to come. Enjoy beauty and art, listen to music. If you have argued with someone but do not feel the issues are really vital, make up now.

If you live near the sea the Full Moon is a wonderful time to visit the shoreline and build a small fire. Collect small pieces of driftwood to build your fire and as you lay each piece onto the fire add a wish.

Once the fire is burning nicely, cast offerings into the flames as gifts to the Moon Goddess, such as herbs, flowers and leaves. Sit and watch as the fire burns. If you don’t live near the sea you could turn this into a visualization for a Full Moon meditation.

Moon Magic – Pagan Portals
Rachel Patterson

Wednesday Is Ruled By Mercury

Moon & Witch Comments & GraphicsWednesday Is Ruled By Mercury

Wednesdays are wild and wacky days. They are for communication, change, cunning, and the arts. This is a Mercury day, and just its patron god this day is full of contradictions, change, and excitement. Some suggestions for Wednesday enchantments would include:

Pulling a little Wednesday color magic into your life by wearing purples or orange

Carrying a multipurpose agate with you and tapping into its various charms

Working with magical plants such as the fern for protection. This plant will also boost the power of any other magical plants with which it is arranged.

Incorporating lavender into charms and spells for transformation

Using the charming scent of lily of the valley to improve your memory, or working with the aspen tree for communication

Calling on Athena, patron of arts and crafts, for inspiration for a new project

Fanning out a Tarot spell to increase you creativity

Calling on Hermes on a Wednesday night to bring movement and good luck into your life